OK, I've read thread after thread over the last 6 days and everyone's posts but still unclear. I have a E8400 (great cpu) right now, I know a quad core would do much better with video editing. I'm debating between the Q9505 and the Q9550, have yet to find benchmarks of the to together. I'd like to get the Q9550 but is the extra L2 really going to make that much of a difference for $40-$60 more? I'd like to find benchmarks of the two side-by-side.
Thanks for your help everyone!
ASUS maximum II formula
8Gb Patriot DDR2 800
CM V10 cpu cooler (I know it's over kill, but hey, why not?)
BFG tech PSU 1000
CM Haf 932
4850 X2 GPU
PS. will start OC some but nothing real crazy.